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RE: Electric Bed Lifter

About 16" of travel. 32" long at full extension. 330lbs max
Son of Norway 08/18/17 01:00pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Maximum - 12 volt Deep Cycle Batteries Connected in Parallel

I have a set of 4 batteries in a compartment that I run in parallel. Each battery is connected to a positive and a negative bus, not to each other.
Son of Norway 08/17/17 10:49pm Tech Issues
Electric Bed Lifter

This is for those with RV's in which you have to lift a bed to get at the storage underneath. We have such a bed in our HR and my back is unable to lift it anymore. The gas shocks don't help a bit. After learning about linear actuators I bought two and installed them on either side of the bed. The ones I bought were about $70 apiece. They come with a controller and a remote. I reinforced the bed's frame with plywood on both sides bolted together. Relatively easy project aside from calculating the geometry but I have a son who is an engineer to do that for me. A video would be much better than the picture below, but I hope that the picture gives you an idea of the finished project. Note that I placed the actuators on the outside of the bed. Inside would be much better but the situation under our bed would not allow for it. http://i.imgur.com/bwrKqrUl.jpg
Son of Norway 08/17/17 04:13pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Replacing an air conditioner compressor

Thank you all very much for your replies. I now have several new things to look into and hopefully will have a better resolution to the problem.
Son of Norway 08/07/17 09:12pm Tech Issues
Replacing an air conditioner compressor

It looks like my rear air conditioner compressor is going out. Drawing way too much current at startup. My question is whether it is economical to replace the compressor or will I wind up buying a new air conditioner?
Son of Norway 08/06/17 06:33pm Tech Issues
RE: 1988 Winnebago Superchief 27'

Probably not a good idea to buy a 30-year old motor home if you can't DYI and have to pay for everything. It wil need constant attention to one thing or another. When I can't do something on the chassis myself, I have a great mechanic that has his own business and doesn't have expensive overhead. I would look for an independent mechanic if I were you. I have never found a good shop to work on coach issues, but if I needed one I would probably search for a mobile tech that had good reviews. Can one of your kids help? Knowing a good boneyard is a big help with things like doors and furniture. A new electric two-step isn't too expensive, around $200. Good luck with your motor home. I think that motor homes of that era were made very well.
Son of Norway 07/27/17 01:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator Prob - Which Way To Go

I don't know about draft horses, but I had a good experience buying an Amish cooling unit from Bob Ford. I think the Amish probably use the same care in making cooling units for sale to the public that they do for the ones they use themselves.
Son of Norway 07/18/17 12:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ignition Switch

Your motor home is built on some chassis, probably Chevy or Ford. Pull the switch and take it to a parts store to match it up with a new switch which may have instructions.
Son of Norway 07/17/17 06:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Equalizing 6 Volt battery bank

One of the rubber seals on the cap might be problematic and leak a little bit. If so it will lose some electrolyte through evaporation. I have that problem with one of my golf cart batteries.
Son of Norway 07/17/17 12:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: AC Compressor Getting Old. Hard Start Capacitor?

The generator is an Onan Emerald III 6.5. The AC is a Coleman 13500 (not sure which model, it was original to the coach, I'm pretty sure.) Ambient was probably around 92. It was even hotter inside the coach.
Son of Norway 07/05/17 12:52pm Tech Issues
AC Compressor Getting Old. Hard Start Capacitor?

My wife tried to start our rear AC while the generator was running. She told me that it wouldn't work. I checked and found that the breaker on the generator was tripped. Later I ran the generator again and put a clamp meter on the air conditioner while I turned it on. As it started the generator almost died and I saw 22 amps flash briefly on the meter. After starting the air conditioner worked fine. Is this because of a dying compressor? Would a hard-start capacitor help? Would 2 of them help even more? Is it ever economical to replace the compressor? Thanks for your help.
Son of Norway 07/05/17 12:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Onan Generator Won't Stay Running

Try cleaning the carburetor. Your generator might not be getting enough fuel.
Son of Norway 07/01/17 07:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wiring a separate plug for the rear AC Part 2

Thanks to all. I am trying to think this through. There is a switch in the coach to choose between the front and the rear AC. I think I'll put the wiring back as it was and use a clamp-on meter to see which pair of wires the rear AC draws from.
Son of Norway 06/27/17 09:51pm Tech Issues
Wiring a separate plug for the rear AC Part 2

My RV only has 30-amp power and can only run one AC at a time while on shore power. I made a post awhile back about wiring in a switch and a separate plug in the generator compartment so I can run my rear AC. The consensus was that I needed to identify the circuit that went back to the rear AC. I'm not having any luck doing that so I hope that I can get some more advice. I separated out the wires for the house wiring that went to the generator compartment: 2 black wires, and and I separated the 2 white wires that were tied together. (I just left the grounds connected to the box.) First I tried to figure it out by testing continuity. I tried each of the four possible combinations of black and white wires but none had continuity with the wires at the rear AC. Then I decided that maybe the circuit had to be energized in order to figure it out. So I plugged into an AC outlet and energized each of the four combinations one at a time. I couldn't get any power at either the rear AC or the house circuit with any of the combinations. I checked for power by plugging in the coach AC cable and there was power. So what am I missing and how can I find out which wires go back to the rear AC? Thanks for your help
Son of Norway 06/27/17 06:26pm Tech Issues
RE: How to break out rear A/C power from 30 amp service?

Check out my post from 04/26 and the numerous replies thereto. I should add that life has intervened and I actually haven't finished the project yet.
Son of Norway 05/28/17 10:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Portable Solar being set up - Please check my plans

Actually one of the main concerns I have about needing to stow the panels would be sudden winds that might happen while I was away. (sorry about influencing the thread but these things came to my mind when reading it.)
Son of Norway 05/08/17 09:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Portable Solar being set up - Please check my plans

2oldman, I was referring to activities where you leave your camping area to fish or hike or go out etc. Wouldn't you need to stow your panels?
Son of Norway 05/08/17 07:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Portable Solar being set up - Please check my plans

"Stow your panels." I am getting conflicted about solar and RV's. People like to camp in the summer. But it's hot and you want shade. But you have solar and you want sun. You try to go portable and you can't enjoy the things you went camping to do. So why do we use solar?
Son of Norway 05/08/17 06:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Question about Transfer Switches

Thanks, I appreciate the advice. It looks like I'll have to stick with my window AC unit.
Son of Norway 04/26/17 11:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Question about Transfer Switches

Yes, only one AC at a time can be run while on shore power. I was going to plug the 20 amp leg into the 20 amp GFCI at the pedestal. The cam switch switches between the 20 amp hot wire from the generator and the hot wire plugged into the pedestal. The 30 amp leg is not changed. I started this project based on the recommendations of some other forum members that said they had done the same thing but I know that is risky. Will it work if I separate out the neutrals and include them on the cam switch?
Son of Norway 04/26/17 08:19pm Tech Issues
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